- Erotic poet/author/performance artist Mo Beasley will take you on a journey from the most soft and sensual to the most wild and explicit expressions of sex through lyrical suites of Infatuation, Seduction, Sweet Bliss, and Raw Suite Eros. Mo uses performance poetry as a catalyst for deeper discussion on age old, and new, taboos around sex and sexuality. “What is erotica vs pornography? Is there a difference? What’s the big deal? Who and what set your boundaries on sex? Has sex ever been introduced to you as a positive in child or adulthood? How have you developed your ideas on “good sex vs bad?” The performance and video clips from this session will challenge, and hopefully expand, our perceptions of erotica and how to express it in our daily lives beyond social, political, and religious judgment that has informed modern sexuality for the past 40 years…at least! Mo seeks to re-define erotica for the 21st century as “the personification of love in all its shapes…” cultures, lifestyles and shades.
- Educator Mo Beasley has been dubbed The Head Coach of Erotika, for running the live performance series, UrbanErotika, for over 10 years. This award-winning poet has been featured at the legendary Blue Note, Nuyorican Poets Café, BAMCafe, and Joe’s Pub and erotic reading series: Bare, In the Flesh, Ravenous Nights, and Kiss & Tell Live.
As the major force behind the critically acclaimed play “No Good Nigga Bluez” (NY International Fringe Festival 20003), Mo made his debut as a playwright. The book version of the play, released by Scripted Linguistics (2004), is Beasley’s first published work. His second is “Be a Father to Your Child” (Soft Skull Press, 2008), a groundbreaking anthology on fatherhood and hip-hop.
When not at the mic, Beasley teaches poetry/spoken word, theatre, and sexuality education courses/workshops to youth and adults throughout New York City and across the United States. His current and past clients include Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kennedy Center, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, African Voices Magazine, Children’s Aid Society, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Penn State University, Howard University, Coppin State University, and more.
Mo’s has been interviewed by Rev. Al Sharpton, hip hop legend Chuck D, and featured on The Hallmark Channel, GRITtv, FOX 5 TV, XM Satellite Radio, WBAI/Pacifica Radio, KISS FM (NYC), Air America and more. In 2006, The New York Daily News selected Mo as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes.”